Huawei launched a total of three Mate 10 series phones yesterday, and while the Porsche Design edition is unique on its own, the other two are a little more difficult to differentiate from one another. Let’s fix that.
Normally when you go for the Pro model of a certain smartphone, you’re bound to get the better deal. That isn’t the case however with the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. The non-Pro has version has its own distinct advantages, which we’ll get into now.
They’re both good-looking handsets, but choosing one design over the other is highly subjective.
For one, the Mate 10 Pro has that tall 18:9 ratio screen that’s gradually becoming the industry standard thanks to support from several other brands. However, this pushes the fingerprint scanner to the back. Some may prefer the wider 16:9 ratio of the regular Mate 10 which also provides space for the front-mounted fingerprint sensor.
As shown above, color options are slightly different, as well. Pink gold and mocha brown are the common offerings; black and champagne gold are exclusive to the Mate 10, while titanium gray and midnight blue are found on the Mate 10 Pro. Take your pick.
Lastly, there’s the difference in water and dust resistance. The Mate 10 Pro comes with an IP67 rating, giving it decent protection against the elements. The plain Mate 10 and its IP rating-less body are less fortunate, but it should be able to handle light spills like most modern devices.
Despite having the same processor (Kirin 970), software (EMUI 8.0 on top of Android 8.0 Oreo), and battery capacity (4000mAh with fast charging), there are some notable specs you have to consider.
Interestingly, the Mate 10 has a more pixel-packed display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 on its 5.9-inch LCD compared to the 2160 x 1080 pixels of the Mate 10 Pro’s 6-inch OLED panel. But the density won’t be that noticeable if you compare them side by side, especially since both screens also natively support HDR (high dynamic range) content.
Another way for Huawei to separate the two models is by offering a better memory and storage configuration for the Mate 10 Pro; it comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of integrated storage. The Mate 10 delivers slightly less with 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage, but the latter is expandable using a microSD card.
And then we have the possible deal-breaker: The Mate 10 Pro doesn’t come with a 3.5mm audio port for some reason. It’s a head-scratching move on Huawei’s part and makes choosing between the two even more difficult.
Their Leica-infused cameras are identical, by the way, just the way it should be. You get the same 12-megapixel color camera at the back coupled with a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor. The former is optically stabilized for steadier shots and both have super-bright f/1.6 aperture openings. A more basic 8-megapixel shooter is found on the front of the two smartphones.
Retailing for EUR 100 less than the Mate 10 Pro, the Mate 10 manages to have its own advantages.
The 3.5mm headphone jack is invaluable to some; the wider and more pixel-dense screen may be more manageable; and the inclusion of a front-mounted fingerprint reader and microSD card slot can potentially improve the phone’s usability. The Mate 10 also has the same capable cameras as its more expensive sibling.
So, what does the Mate 10 Pro offer to justify its EUR 799 price? It looks more like a 2017 flagship with its near-borderless display and water resistance; the additional memory and storage are more future-proof; and there’s arguably a better selection of colors.
To get a definite answer as to which of these two Mate 10 variants is your GadgetMatch, you’ll have to wait for our full reviews.